Integrated Policy

Extending Social Protection to Herders with Enhanced Shock Responsiveness

The programme brief description

The UN Joint Programme is guided by a conviction that poverty and climate change vulnerability of Mongolia’s left-behind population – herders and their children – can be effectively addressed. The programme thus seeks to support national authorities and provincial governments in closing the social protection gaps for this population, with a particular emphasis on reducing vulnerabilities to poverty and extreme climate change. Founded in a rights-based approach, the UNJP combines the investment in system development with a practical intervention directly focused on eradicating poverty and protecting herders and their family members from falling into the poverty trap.


With these objectives in mind, three main areas of intervention were agreed with the Government: i) extension of coverage of herders by identifying innovative and unconventional solutions to enroll herders in social protection schemes; ii) introducing a shock responsive element into the social protection system to ensure herder families and children are increasingly protected from climate related shocks, and, iii) designing and/or mobilizing the budget structure to ensure funding availability and financial sustainability to cater for the modalities proposed. The latter will also indirectly support the Government’s effort to make the public financing system SDG oriented and the possibility of investing in the long-term strategic priorities.

Target groups

Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, rural workers, herders.


Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 2,365,000

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection; Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry; General Authority for Social Insurance; General Authority for Labour and Welfare Services; General Authority for Health Insurance; National Emergency Management Agency; National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring; National Statistics Office; Labour and Social Protection Research Institute; Agency for Family, Children, and Youth Development; National Center for Lifelong Education; Provincial Governor’s Office

February 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022 (28 months)

Financial Information